Bitmap Font Template?

  • #1, by louis-durrantMonday, 20. February 2017, 16:11 3 years ago
    My truetype font seems to be bugging out, so I figured I'd try building a bitmap font.

    I did a Google and everything pointed to a dead link for a PSD template.

    I've tried digging around for this template, but had no luck.

    Is it still available on the site? Can anyone link me the template otherwise?

    Much obliged.

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  • #2, by sebastianMonday, 20. February 2017, 16:17 3 years ago
    i could send you my Version after work if still neccessary then smile 

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  • #3, by louis-durrantMonday, 20. February 2017, 17:03 3 years ago
    i could send you my Version after work if still neccessary then smile 

    That'd be great, thanks smile

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  • #4, by afrlmeMonday, 20. February 2017, 17:49 3 years ago
    i could send you my Version after work if still neccessary then smile 

    That'd be great, thanks smile
    The template isn't anything special. Just a psd file for photoshop.

    The general idea of the bitmap font template is png/webp file written out like so..

    _ a b c d e f g h i j k l m
    _ n o p q r s t u v w x y z
    _ A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    _ N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    _ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ! ? ' " @ #

    etc.

    The lines have to start with _ as that signifies the beginning of the line. You should only use easy to read fonts. It also helps if you add a bit of stroke around them as the engine has trouble picking out characters sometimes. For example " double quotation mark can end up split into 2 characters but if it has stroke around it's likely there will be no gap between the 2 ' marks ' & thus the engine/editor will correctly detect it as a single character. Destructive fonts, handwritten fonts & fonts that are messy or uneven will probably not be detected correctly.

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  • #5, by louis-durrantMonday, 20. February 2017, 19:05 3 years ago
    i could send you my Version after work if still neccessary then smile 

    That'd be great, thanks smile
    The template isn't anything special. Just a psd file for photoshop.

    The general idea of the bitmap font template is png/webp file written out like so..

    _ a b c d e f g h i j k l m
    _ n o p q r s t u v w x y z
    _ A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    _ N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    _ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ! ? ' " @ #

    etc.

    The lines have to start with _ as that signifies the beginning of the line. You should only use easy to read fonts. It also helps if you add a bit of stroke around them as the engine has trouble picking out characters sometimes. For example " double quotation mark can end up split into 2 characters but if it has stroke around it's likely there will be no gap between the 2 ' marks ' & thus the engine/editor will correctly detect it as a single character. Destructive fonts, handwritten fonts & fonts that are messy or uneven will probably not be detected correctly.

    This worked perfectly, thanks!

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  • #6, by afrlmeMonday, 20. February 2017, 19:18 3 years ago
    No problem. wink

    P.S: it doesn't have to be exactly in the order or the amount of characters/letters across that I wrote in my example. The files/lines can be as large as you like.

    As for the ttf/otf fonts. You just need to try a few out & figure out which work & look ok. One of most important things is that the ttf/otf fonts should be 100% free to use (check places like dafont) or if they require a license to use commercially then make sure you have the necessary license to include with your game. Anyway, I recommend using simple, clear & easy to read fonts, though you should be able to get away with handwritten type fonts with ttf/otf too - not sure about destructed/eroded fonts.

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  • #7, by sebastianMonday, 20. February 2017, 21:34 3 years ago
    sorry to say that but i cant find my .psd anymore. Guess i deleted it after i saved the fonts as a png file :/

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  • #8, by MachtnixMonday, 20. February 2017, 23:14 3 years ago
    As AFRLme said: it isn't something mysterious with this file. You just have to check the character order.
    I have it somewhere on my PC, but with an unusual font. I should change the font first into Arial or Tahoma.

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  • #9, by darren-beckettTuesday, 21. February 2017, 18:01 3 years ago
    Here you go: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ap4Ew5xlL6E0hsJjcl6SdKuImEfukg


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  • #10, by EinzelkämpferTuesday, 21. February 2017, 19:48 3 years ago
    Hi there,

    I am the one who created the font template. I know, the download server was shut down recently. Since I could not find any link to this file on the Visionaire homepage anymore, I thought no-one would mind its absence and just let it disappear.

    For anyone who still needs it: You can either use darren-beckett's link in the post above (it looks like that is my file) or download it from my server (text file with explenation included).

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  • #11, by MachtnixTuesday, 21. February 2017, 19:59 3 years ago
    Thanks for your helpfulness! I don't miss it because I downloaded the file a year ago. wink wink

    But at the time I can't access to post it because of a running backup.

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